Welcome to the jwToon Shaders project. This is where I’ll share the shaders that I create and use in my Poser work. There are plenty of other Toon Shaders around, but I’ve built these to be especially friendly to artists who are using toon shaded renders as a Flat layer for comic illustration. That means that the results right out of the render might not always look great, but if used correctly, they will provide a good base for painting.
Toon Shaders Core Pack
This is the core package of shaders and transparency maps. It also includes MAT poses for quickly applying the shaders to Daz3d’s Aiko and Hiro characters. The .1 update is only an update to the readme.
V3 & M3 Add-On
Adds MAT poses for V3 and M3–skin, eyes, and eyelashes. The cel shaders aren’t too impressive with these characters, but the flats will come in handy (for me, at least!). For eye textures to work, make sure to install the core pack.
Adds MAT poses and image maps for Daz’s V4–skin, eyes, and eyelashes. It seems like V4 makes a better toon than V3 did.
Liltsure Hair Add-On
Adds transparency map and MAT poses for Aery Soul’s Liltsure hair.
MDP’s F202 Dollie looks outstanding with these materials. This pack contains MAT poses for skin, hair, and clothing that comes with this free figure.
Use and Distribution
These packages are provided with no restrictions on usage and distribution with one exception: Shaders, transparency maps, MAT poses, and thumbnails may not be sold–neither as provided or with modifications. You may use freely in your own personal or commercial renders, modify, and/or redistribute.
To apply the shaders, go to the material room, select a material in your scene, and browse to the “JwToon” folder in the material menu at screen right. The materials appear in 3 categories:
- Cel Shaded: Traditional 2-Tone Cartoon Shaders
- Flat: 1-Tone Shaders, best for comic artists who paint on top of flat colors
- Mapped: Transparency-mapped shaders for facial features.
The MAT Poses will appear in the Pose library, under the folder JWToon, in a folder named “Aiko & Hiro.” Included are materials for skins (cel shaded and flat), eyes, eyelashes, and the characters’ hair.
I recommend rendering with the Poser4 render engine. If you’ll be overpainting, you may want to turn off anti-aliasing and render at a large pixel size.
Created using Poser6 on a Windows machine. They are also known to work with Poser5, although the MAT poses generate a version alert. Click OK on the alert box to proceed, and everything works without errors (thanks for the info, PhilW).
The materials have been reported to work fine with Poser 7 and Macintosh machines.
Not compatible with Poser4.
I have this Anime Doll sitting in my runtime. Been meaning to see what I can do with her…
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